April 11, 2018: SOAP #3051: 1Samuel 11-12; 1Chronicales 1; 2Corinthians 11 Scripture:  2 Corinthians (NIV) 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (KJV) 11:3   But I fear, lest by any means, as […]

April 11, 2018: SOAP #3051: 1Samuel 11-12; 1Chronicales 1; 2Corinthians 11

Scripture:  2 Corinthians (NIV) 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
(KJV) 11:3   But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Observation:    Paul was concerned about the believers in the city of Corinth.   From the books of Moses, Paul knew how satan had tempted Eve.   Paul was concerned that satan was trying to do the same to the new Christians in Corinth.

He wanted their sincerity and devotion to remain in Jesus.   It is easier to have pure devotion and sincerity when things are simple.   But when things get complex, and we do not have all the answers to the questions satan brings to our thoughtswe lose the simple joy, simple love, simple devotion.

Application:    When we scrape off all the fluff and glitter my faith is quite simple.   I was a sinner.   I believe Christ died as the payment for my sins.   I asked Him to forgive my sins.   He forgave me and now lives in my heart as my Lord.   Now my goal is to make Him smile by bringing joy to His heart by what I do and say.

Prayer:     Lord, help me to keep it simple!   At the heart of all I know is your great love and that you want me to believe in you.        Amen

Pastor Leon
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